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Smith Gilbert Gardens

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Address: 2382 Pine Mountain Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152-4127
Phone Number: 17709190248
9:00 am - 4:00 am
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

With a variety of plantings, the Hiram Butler Home (ca. 1880) and 31...

With a variety of plantings, the Hiram Butler Home (ca. 1880) and 31 sculptures, Smith-Gilbert Gardens has something for everyone. At the center of Smith-Gilbert Gardens is the historic Hiram Butler House, dating back over 150 years. The house was once owned by Mr. Butler, a Confederate railroad man, who worked the lines most of his life and was present during the "Great Locomotive Chase." In 1970, Mr. Richard Smith and Dr. Robert Gilbert bought the Hiram Butler House and surrounding acreage in Kennesaw, Georgia. Over the following 35 years, they realized their dream of developing the house and grounds, with an emphasis on unique plantings and thoughtfully positioned sculpture. Now open to the public, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is 16 acres of serene setting with over 3,000 species of plants, several rare in American gardens. United by woodland paths, the Gardens consist of separate groupings with individual elements of fascination. These include the Bonsai Exhibit, Palladino Camellia Garden, tea house and waterfall area, Rose Garden, and Conifer Display. Our Garden is a proud member of various horticultural groups including the American Conifer, American Daffodil, American Hosta and the Southeastern Camellia societies. We are also a designated wildlife habitat by the Atlanta Audubon Society. Both our Rose Garden and the Conifer Collection have received special recognition as places to visit by their respective societies.

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I'm not big on plants but my children thought it was great. There where lots of lovely flowers and the butterfly room was great. The staff was so nice and helpful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Lauren J
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'm not big on plants but my children thought it was great. There where lots of lovely flowers and the butterfly room was great. The staff was so nice and helpful.

Thank Lauren J
Smyrna, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful gardens which I found through a groupon deal. I especially enjoyed the Koi pond and the water area where you could just sit and relax. The best thing about the gardens is no crowds. When your finish touring the gardens go take a tour of the house.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

I had the pleasure of bringing my 6 year old twin niece and nephew to the Smith Gilbert Gardens where they learned about nature from wonderful caring park personnel. The Gardens are beautifully cared for and feature lush and varied plant life, streams, and artwork along paths. This is a wonderful opportunity to leave the hustle of the everyday rat... More 

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This beautiful garden area was chosen by a young couple for their wedding ceremony. Easy access with plenty of parking. Indoor rooms available for getting ready for the ceremony and changing clothes after. Nice garden area for both the wedding ceremony and the reception. The gardens staff can arrange catering so you have one less item to worry about.

Thank Interop1D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

My husband and I recently visited the Smith Gilbert Gardens and were very impressed beginning with the docents and through all the gardens. The Conifers are wonderful. The roses are blooming, and everything is neatly labelled. The Bonsai exhibit is exceptional. Go and enjoy it!

Thank Gregory H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

I had never heard of this place until about a week ago. I saw a Groupon. I decided I was going to check this place out. Am I ever glad I did! The gardens were beautiful. My favorite places in the gardens were the conifer area and Woodland Trail. However I did also like the koi pond.

Thank Aylaeh C
Kennesaw, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Never thought this would be worth my time, but I was wrong very nice. Very large gardens lots to see including the house. Takes about 3 hrs to see the whole place. NicE and relaxing. Easy walking and good layout

Thank John F
Marietta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

I've passed by the Smith-Gilbert Gardens hundreds of times while avoiding the Hwy 41 traffic in Kennesaw, but never stopped. Friends arrived from Nashville, with an interest in visiting botanical gardens in Georgia. The Smith-Gilbert Gardens proved an absolute delight to them, and to us. There is a wide range of blooms to be enjoyed, and pleasent gardens to just... More 

Thank Trainmaster78
Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

I checked out Smith-Gilbert Gardens after I took a drawing class to take photos of the sculptures and attempt to draw them later. My first visit was in February and I went back a second time and got a year membership. Today made my 4th visit and each time so much has changed. It's nice to take a walk around... More 

Thank denisekovach
Seymour, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

The admission is $7 for an adult (Personally, I think $5 would be better for what you get!) Strolling leisurely around the property, it can all be covered in 1 hour. It appears that the lower end of the property (around area N/O on the map) could use a little revamping, but otherwise it was a nice atmosphere to wander... More 

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